Gyps – Griffon vultures
The janitors of the savannahs, feed on carcasses and corpses
A group of vulture species known as ‘Old World vultures’ are included in this genus. They have slim heads with long slender necks – coloration varies from species to species. The feathery coat around their bodies adds more to their quirky character. The nostrils are on both sides of the compressed beak, unusually large and dark.
You might be surprised that they don’t mind sharing a meal but only if there is enough for everybody. The reproductive rate in vultures is relatively lower as compared to other birds. Therefore, a significant die-off could be catastrophic for these birds.
Species in this genus
Their highly acidic stomachs and powerful enzymes help break down and neutralize harmful bacteria and toxins present in the carcasses they feed on
Once found flying 11,300 meters (37,100 ft) high, sadly, this was more of an accident than a discovery
Most social vultures with 12 distinct types of vocalization